Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 10.9% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Kentucky 5.1% +0.1 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with October data as November state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 223,955. There are now 122,664 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 97,090 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,201. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 101,291 +2,066 -5,628

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to October 2016

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 5.1% 101,291
September 2016 5.0% 5.0% 99,225
August 2016 4.9% 4.9% 97,090
July 2016 4.9% 5.0% 97,422
June 2016 4.9% 5.0% 99,408
May 2016 4.7% 5.1% 101,230
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 106,220
March 2016 5.0% 5.6% 111,960
February 2016 4.9% 5.8% 114,921
January 2016 4.9% 5.8% 114,305
December 2015 5.0% 5.7% 112,030